On the outskirts of Durham, North Carolina, Emmett Jefferson "Murph" Murphy III is cheating on his band. Sorta. The Dinosaur Jr. drummer is on the road with the electronic noise collective Sunburned Hand of the Man for a few shows before hooking up again with his main lineup, Dinosaur Jr., the pione ... More >>
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If you follow Late Night with Seth Meyers on Instagram, you already know Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/legend J Mascis is sitting in with Fred Armisen's 8G Band all week. So last night we decided to march on up to 30 Rock and ask if he and his band would do us the honor of playing our 4Knots Music Festival ... More >>
Is the day of the guitar band over, or at least on hiatus? It's a good question. It is hard to think of a single contemporary musician who is considered a "guitar hero." Music is always moving, always changing. Perhaps not as noticeably in the mainstream, where it seems to be about the singer, the ... More >>
Issue Project honors Kim Gordon
How mysterious, chronic pain changed the writing process for the singer/guitarist and her band
Dinosaur Jr. takes Terminal 5 back in time
For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>
Illustrations by Debbie Allen CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
For the past three decades, the flannel-flyin' and econo-jamming godhead Mike Watt has staunchly adhered to his and late, great best friend and fellow Minuteman D Boon's credo "punk is whatever we made it to be while projecting an air of sincerity that is just plain righteous. And in all of Watt's p ... More >>
Witch cast their evil spell on Santos'
via Sub Pop RecordsSebadoh.The staggering gamut of cred Lou Barlow boasts in the hardcore, post-punk, lo-fi and indie rock realms toes past the line of the ridiculous and the legendary. In the early '80s, Barlow obliterated his guitar in the cataclysmic Massachusetts hardcore band Deep Wound ... More >>
Ben LozovskyTitus Andronicus Glasslands Gallery Wednesday, October 18 Better than: Reading a good book and being in bed by 10. As you're surely by now aware, this year's CMJ Music Marathon has some thousand-plus bands, not from all over the country but all over the worldeveryone from ... More >>
CMJ’s Music Marathon kicks into gear
Surfer Blood, who once upon a time was "just some band." Last month the CMJ Music Marathoncoming to the city's music venues from October 18 through 22announced the first batch of artists that would be playing next month's industry confab; that list included (among others) Neon ... More >>
There's something so exciting about last-minute announcements, right? Or maybe I just live on the deadline edge a little too much. Anyway, this just in: Tomorrow night's Band Of Horses show at the Hammerstein Ballroomoccasioned by the implosion of the Kings of Leon tour last week ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr., Fucked Up, Off Terminal 5 Thursday, June 23 Better than: You and your friends sitting around, telling each other how much you appreciate each other. Keith Morris is a founding member of both Black Flag and The Circle Jerks, the co-author of a song called "World Up My Ass," and a pi ... More >>
If you're lucky, he'll shout out his wad. J Mascis's career has been fairly consistent. Even during the time Dinosaur Jr. had disbanded, he kept busy with his solo project, making sure that every couple of years we got a fresh dose of yearning-to-connect vocals and brontosaurus-sized fuzz-guitar. H ... More >>
What do you think about when you're doing your guitar solos? "Oh, you know, what's for dinner and...very weird thoughts." Let us not ask too much of J Mascis. The Dinosaur Jr. frontman has given us much already: classic albums, amazing videos, monster solos befitting the name Dinosaur Jr, scientifi ... More >>
Teen Daze really looks like this.Teen Daze Pianos Thursday, October 21 The Blow and the Screaming Females Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, October 21 Better than: Trying to find the next big thing. "Sometimes I feel like when I do the moves," the Blow's Khaela Maricich says toward the ... More >>
BV's got the first available track from Castle Talk, the latest from agreeably scuzzy New Brunswick scuzz-rockers Screaming Females, one of the finest acts to grace the stage at this weekend's Siren Festival. Record's due in September, though iron-lunged singer/guitar-thrasher Marissa Paterno ... More >>
Glasslands on Saturday night. All photos by Georgia Kral.Glasslands is always a sweaty mess. Winter, spring, fall, you name it- the two-tiered warehouse across the street from the old Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg is on fire all the time. Saturday night was no different. It was an uno ... More >>
Recognizable, not notable: Shwayze, Perez Hilton, Cisco Adler Nate "Igor" Smith took photos of semi-famous people at South By Southwest. No naked people, but Mary Louise Parker! Full gallery over here.
via dennischang's photostream Dinosaur Jr. Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, June 25 Dinosaur Jr. did bring up Michael Jackson from the stage last night, frontman/guitar wizard J. Mascis muttering something about Farah Fawcett and MJ and, later, when Lou Barlow took requests: "What are we gonna ... More >>
Adult Swim's team of terrorists and aliens have organized a summer-long series of free shows at Santos' Party House. Tonight, New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman joins Cheeseburger, the Woggles, and, apparently, "a hockey-mask-wearing burlesque review." [ED: Shouldn't that be "revue"? Or will s ... More >>
SOTC buddy Ryan Dombal gets to the bottom of Dinosaur Jr.'s video for "I'm Over It," in which the band's three aging members do obviously stunt-doubled tricks on one skateboard and two BMX bikes. Except some of it--and not just the part where J. Mascis awkwardly cruises into the frame, and then si ... More >>
In the week "I ain't shoot nobody in like...since the early 90's" irretrievably entered the American lexicon, we learned with some dismay that David Carradine very likely left this earth the hard way. And more grim news: Koko Taylor, 1928-2009. Live: Doves cry at Terminal Hall, Art Brut's second-ni ... More >>
The post-reunion Dinosaur Jr. has been so consistent at such a high level that, mostly, what separates one song from another is nothing more complicated than an extra solo or backing vocal. J. Mascis has an incredible feel for the tiny detail that elevates any one of his songs from good to great. He ... More >>
Original Stooge Ron Asheton has been found dead in his apartment. Along with his work with the Stooges, Asheton played with various late-20th Century superstars including Mark Arm and Thurston Moore and (in memorable dates at Wetlands some years back) J. Mascis and Mike Watt. He rocked exceptionally ... More >>
Perfect From Now On gets all spilt on some green
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J Masciss Witch crank it up
Thurston Moore goes folk, exploits Starbucks, and walks his dog, Merzbow
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
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